Richard Branson enjoys kiteboarding with Denni Parkinson

Sir Richard Branson, CEO of the Virgin Group, explained 'The Mail on Sunday' his kiteboarding skills and what happened when he decided to carry model Denni Parkinson naked clinging to his back.

"What can you say if you are asked to pose with a naked lady? I only wish I had eyes in the back of my head", he told the newspaper.

It seems the idea came from photographer Stephane Gautronneau. He was shooting Branson in his private Caribbean island, Necker, and thought of asking girlfriend Denni to pose with the the Virgin mogul in an unorthodox way.

The 5ft 9in model and Richard Branson went kiteboarding while Richard’s children Sam and Holly enjoyed the ride from the beach.

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Bryan Lake

Ocean Rodeo Sports, a world leader in the production and design of innovative, high quality kiteboarding and surf related equipment is today proud to announce the addition of Bryan Lake as its newest team rider.

Additionally, Ocean Rodeo today announces the introduction of its custom Surf and Race Series directional board line up.

Bryan Lake brings solid wave riding and course racing experience to Ocean Rodeo’s top ranks.  Having grown up in Southern California and now living in Hawaii Bryan brings a lifetime of sailing, surfing and water skiing experience to his kiteboarding.

In addition to riding for Ocean Rodeo as their newest team rider Bryan is training for an Olympic campaign on the US Olympic Sailing team. Bryan is an aggressive and dedicated wave sailor and will bring both credibility and insight to Ocean Rodeo’s wave and race specific product line ups.

Bryan’s addition to the Ocean Rodeo team coincides with Ocean Rodeo’s launch of a custom surf and race directional board program. Soon to be available to consumers through the Ocean Rodeo website and dealer network Ocean Rodeo customers will be able to customize their board’s length when ordering hand shaped polyester Surf or Race Series directional boards.

Built in the USA out of CNC’d high density polyurethane the new Surf and Race Series directional boards from Ocean Rodeo are designed to offer Ocean Rodeo riders the benefits of team rider influenced design personalized to rider specific preferences.

Riders interested in ordering a custom Surf or Race directional board are asked to contact their dealers immediately for more information and pricing.

Photos and video of Bryan in action on Ocean Rodeo’s exciting line up of kites and new Race and Surf Series boards will also be forthcoming.

Youri Zoon

Today’s weather gave the riders an extra level of difficulty in performing their tricks going into the last days of the Mondial Du Vent 2009 in Leucate, France.

The sun was up early in the morning but it was slightly colder than yesterday especially under the shade. Today also saw a lot of onshore wind which added to the cooling effect and a passing rain cloud sprinkled a light shower into the competition area which caused a slight delay in the on-going events.

At exactly 11:00h in the morning, a competition meeting was held to decide the format of the second discipline for the event which was the Best Trick discipline. It was decided that the criteria for a Best Trick for men would require them to perform two handle passes, either both in the air or one in the air and one on the water (surface pass) while a single handle pass criteria was set for the women.

Most of the riders had difficulty with the choppy onshore conditions and had to apply extra effort in landing their tricks. Most of them struggled to complete the required move under the shifty and gusty wind but those who made the final landed some type of double pass move for the men and single pass move for the women who came thru with a superb display of handle passes.

The second best trick of board-off for the men and one-foot for the women led to some huge jumps with plenty of hang time. The strong winds gave the much needed boost to perform these extreme tricks while the small rollers coming in provided an excellent launching pads for the riders.

The event had a total of four heats with four people in each heat. Due to the complexity of the required move, the second round was skipped so the competition went straight to the finals. 

The competition wrapped up for the day at approximately 17:00h. However, most of the riders continued to enjoy their private kite time after the competition. At 19:00h there was an awards ceremony for the Best Trick discipline while the awards ceremony for the Freestyle competition will be held tomorrow at 15:00h.

Best Trick Results:

1st - Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED) Mobe 7
2nd - Kevin Langeree (Naish, NED) Mobe 7
3rd - Alberto Rondina (Cabrinha, ITA) Slim Chance to Blind

1st - Bruna Kajiya (BRA) Blind Judge
2nd - Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP) Slim Chance
3rd - Angela Peral (North, ESP) Blind Judge